Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche | Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla

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Aecht Schlenkerla EicheAecht Schlenkerla Eiche
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Germany
schlenkerla.de

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Facts on Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche:

*brewed with 100% Schlenkerla Oak Smoke Malt
*8% alcohol
*40 bitter units from finest aroma hops
*Bernstein (amber) color
Schlenkerla Oak Smoke will be available during Christmas time 2009 at our historic brewery tavern in Bamberg (first tapping Dec. 18th), and on draft as special import in the USA - please contact our US importer for availability.

Added by Bierman9 on 12-13-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,059
Reviews:
427
Ratings:
929
pDev:
13.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 929 |  Reviews: 427
Photo of rarbring
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The brew is clear amber, an off-white rather small head, some lacing and some curtains.

The smell is clearly smoky, a bit of tar and peat, some wood. Very much like a traditional wood sauna.

Upfront sweet, brown sugar, sweet bread, smoked meat, sweet sour bitter nuances (mango chutney?).

Low carbonation, soft and oily, a rather dry finish.

A pleasant moderated rauchbier.

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Photo of JMS1512
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of CPAles
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HardTarget
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Light murk in the deep amber brown glass. Holds the thinnest of halos of white head and gives up a little lacing, but nothing special to look at.

Smell: Boom. Ham. Smokey ham. Almost a leathery note, lightly earthy, but just ham.

Taste: The smokey balances out nicely with the toffee light sweetness giving a complicated but never overwhelming experience. The ham bit is firm and probably stomps out some of the subtle flavors of the rich malt, but it's a feast of flavor.

Mouthfeel: Slightly slick, low carbonation, light coat in the finish.

Overall: A holiday treat. Definitely worth seeking out and trying.

Big thanks to Illudium for the sample!

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Photo of Vylo
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased while in the US. Hoping that this smokey doppelbock will cheer me up after the Blue Jays devastating loss to the Royals.

Appearance - pours a dark garnet coloured beer that is clear at the bottom and slightly hazy towards the top where a finger of thick tan foam rest. Good clarity within the beer and nice patterns of lacing are left behind as the beer is consumed.

Smell - as you'd expect from these guys the name of the game is smoke and lots of it. Bigger and more intense than their marzen and hefeweizen/rauchbier mix in terms of smoke aroma. As opposed to just smokiness, you can actually smell the wood itself burning as embers from a chemical reaction with the wood. Some slightly meaty smells of bacon or sausage, but the smokiness takes the cake.

Taste - huge smoke flavor, quite meaty of grilled meats coalesce with the smoke flavours. There's a big malty presence that is hard to put a finger on, maybe some butterscotch notes, but it's masked carefully by the smoke body. Some spiciness does start to make it through after a few sips as well.

Mouthfeel - carbonation is modest, body is fairly thick but not chewy and the beer finishes quite dry.

Overall - it's very reminiscent of all of the Schlenkerla beers, huge amount of smoke, meat falvor and whatnot, this is the biggest and baddest brother out of all of them, with extra strength and extra intensity on all your senses. Definitely not for the faint of heart, but this is one delicious beer.

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Photo of shehateme
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ONUMello
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pils glass
A: Bronze color with a thin head & nice carbonation. Edited after the glass was consumed to note the lacing this beer leaves on the glass is possibly the best I've ever seen... upped the appearance score to reflect this
S: Smoky & meaty, particularly bacon & smoked ham. Some smoked malt/jalapeno cornbread also comes through
T: Hard to believe but this is almost smokier than the nose. I enjoyed the brewery's Rauchbier Märzen... this is at least if not more smokey. Lots of grilled meats & some hops too. I like it but it's almost too much of a good thing
M: Medium-bodied. Smokey (duh) if you can feel such a thing; distinctly smooth
O: If you like smoke, cured meat/charcuterie, etc you will love this. Definitely distinct & well made. But probably not for everyone

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Photo of Offa
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is very good, but I must say that I was a little disappointed with this compared to their smoked Marzen and Ur-Bock, both of which are phenomenal.

Amber-pale copper, med. Pale tan head steadily shrinks to foamy ring, a little lace.

Aroma is campfire smoke, caramelized grain, bread crust.

Taste is wood smoke, caramelized sweet bread crust up front, hint of spicy-raisiny fruitiness, lingering spicy smokiness just dominates finish & lingers. It’s pretty good, but a bit one-dimensional and slightly sharp.

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Photo of wonothesane42
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of FreshHawk
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice crisp bronze color with a medium sized, thickish, fluffy, foamy, white head. Decent retention leaving a thin foamy lace.

S - Really nice aroma with the obvious smoked meat aroma. The oak provides a nice level to the aroma. There is a nice caramel/sweet malt aroma that in other beers can be overpowered by the smoked aroma. A very subtle raisin like aroma as well.

T - Like the nose, there is a lot of smoked meat flavor, but not much of a bonfire smokiness. Oak flavor is definitely present, though not dominating. Caramel malt and a subtle dark fruit flavor as well as a very faint hoppy bitterness show up. Pretty complex.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Quite smooth.

D - Like other smoked beers I've had, this is a one and done for a while, but the complexity is quite nice.

Notes: Interesting, complex smoked beer. Smoked meat is the strongest, but this more than other similar beers provides more balance and complexity to the flavor. Has subtle/vague doppelbock hints as well as oak.

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Photo of stephens101
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Has a fantastic, tall, tan head with considerable density. Redolent reddish-brown in color.

Smells of caramel, smouldering, charred wood, smoked meats (no shit!) and faint cherry. Whoa.

Tastes woody and eathy with prominent notes of oak. Caramel malt sweetness, grain and bubblegum make waves to create a brilliant complexity.

So smooth with a medium body and well-hidden alcohol.

Sharp and sturdy brew.

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Photo of innominat
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Chico1985
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up at Julio's recently.

Pour is copper orange/amber with a tiny bit of sediment dust floating about, off-white head retains as a thick cap, some lacing left.

Smoke is there but somewhat on the light side, mixing well with toasty and roasted malts, bread, caramel, and hot dogs.

Smoky grilled meat and light char stronger in the taste, but nicely well-rounded with doppelbock flavors coming through. Big caramel, toffee, roast, dark fruit. Some lighter-end fruits (apple) and some licorice noticeable.

Somewhat thin, could use more of a full-on malty feel but decent. Obvious smokiness and some alcohol presence make this kind of a sipper, but it's well-balanced.

Good, as always a nicely complex and interesting rauchbier from Schlenkerla. It's not my favorite of theirs but the bigger/doppelbock take on this one definitely supplies its own unique charm.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Started to gush upon opening. I was at first concerned about infection. Nice golden amber color. Very clean looking. Moderate amount of smoke in the aroma. Mild malt behind all that. Big huge smoke flavor. Label says oak but I really get the cherrywood smoke in there. Sweeness from the malt. Very clean even with the huge smoke flavor. Damn solid mouthfeel. More and more enjoyable as it goes down. Really worth trying.

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DeutschesBier
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Kahlerbock
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Celtics76
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of morebeergood
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber with some decent clarity and a slight head. No lacing.

Big bacon and sugary malt aromas. As much as you get the smoke you get the doppelbock.

Great balance, as the big smoke is actually in the nose. Smoky malt to start, with the deep rich sweetness of aged fruit and tawny grain comes through. Not overpowering, this sweetness dries out where you have a very even smoke, bitter, malt balance. Wonderful.

Full bodied and a little prickly on the tongue.

Fantastic. This is the rauchbier to start with (if you could find it). Incredibly smooth and delicious.

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Photo of Buck89
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Clear ruby-copper brown color with a thick light-tan head. Nice retention that left great tracks in the glass. Great aromas. Smells like smoked bratwurst lying on top of freshly backed pumpernickel bread. Faint chocolate as well. The taste was as expected with a great smoky flavor that gave way to a chocolatey roasted malt flavor, balanced with a pleasant bitterness. Medium-bodied and an easy sipper.

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Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Amalak
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had out of a 25 ounce bottle.
A- Very strong streams of small bubbles coming up the side that lead to a full, creamy head that leaves a good deal of lace behind. Amber in color. A bit hazy.
S- Nice smokey scent with a fruity undertone.
T- That Schlenkerla smokiness certainly comes through. This is lovely. Smooth with an oak taste. There is a mild sweetness underneath, perhaps a caramel taste. Perfectly balanced. Some bitterness.

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Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 929 ratings
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